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08-14-2013, 03:13 PM
It's been a while since I commented here.
Have received some more excellent cards:
bluejeh2, Tree monster, a simple yet intriguing subject. Well executed, nicely printed.
bluejeh, Hedy's vase. Stunning. Daring, also, so much black, but it really works out well, very well, to draw the eye to the subject.
JimO, alienis, something different after the deep blacks from the bluejehs. Lovely, dreamy, otherworldly almost. Dreamy. I'll stick to dreamy.
mooseontheloose, what a stunning photo of a waterfall. I'm drawn into the picture, can almost see myself there. Calming, soothing, an excellent photo. Even without HIE, you know how to produce a great photo.
hbooks, nice shot of a dog. I see he/she found a nice place in the shadow. The image makes me think that is the best place to be, a cool place, cooling down, not in the sun that is present in the rest of the picture.
A print that has been attributed to megzdad81 by others; morning ride. Nice moody print, love the morning light falling, creeping, through the canopy.
drpsilver, I can't find the words to describe this, other than: beautiful scene, lovely print, excellent tribute.
ndrs, I wasn't reading the description properly, for a moment you had me thinking: "collodion, colour?"... only to realise that I was a bit quick in putting 2 and 2 together (with the result not being 4). Lovely print, and very interesting blog to browse.

What can I say? Not a single print I don't like, lovely work from all of you! Thanks!

Also a big thanks to those who have commented on my cyanotype. You are all welcome!

08-14-2013, 03:30 PM
Jacco de Kraker - YAY a cyanotype! you have me interested is the paper pre cut postcard material made by fabriano? thank you for going to the lengths of making an alternate print.

Stephen, yes, it is pre-cut postcard material from Fabriano. Watercolour cold press, 25% cotton, 300 g/m2. Comes in a block of 20. Stumbled upon these at the local art supply store, they were even discounted at the time, so I bought two blocks. I should check whether the discount is still valid and buy some more.

As for "going to the lengths"... I really enjoyed doing this, and looking back, I think it was the best option anyway; we had some weeks with very sunny, hot weather, and it was easier to sit outside exposing these cyanotypes than it would have been sitting locked in a darkroom directly under the roof. Would have been way too hot to do any proper printing. I might do cyanotypes again next summer. :cool:

Kraker – Hillside- A wonderful cyanotype, with beautiful paper texture that mates well with the subject matter. Nice subject matter to begin with , a pastoral hillside cope of trees. Good coating – foam brush or some sort of other brush I surmise. If this is your first jab at cyanotype, you are off to a fine start; let the enlarged negative making begin!

APUG lacks a "blush" icon, I could use one right now. I always appreciate and value your extensive and constructive feedback. Of course it is especially easy to take in when it is favourable, but regardless of that: please keep giving this extensive feedback. I used just some sort of brush, nothing special, just one that my girlfriend (who is attending a painting class) could part with. I have learned that (for me, at least) coating is harder to get right than exposure. I've taken your advice and have started shooting some more 6x9 negatives (the largest I can take at the moment...).

08-17-2013, 05:13 AM
Another postcard arrived today from Boxbrownie : Merry-Go-Round. Could that possibly be a Hills Hoist being used as most Aussie kids envisage it should be?!

Ed Bray
08-17-2013, 11:43 AM
I have received the following over the last week (not in the order they were received though):

Reflection: from DRPSilver, a different take on a reflection which works wonderfully, I really like this and appreciate the sentiment given.
HBooks; A Dog, looks like a Golden Retriever, your first attempt at printing, I hope you enjoyed it and will do some more.
Fozzle: Robot, A quite dark moody image.
Edcculus: Vines, nice MF study of vines climbing a wall.
BoxBrownie: Merry-go-Round, nicely printed card with a full range of tones.
labcoat: 'No Title', image of a German Shepherd Dog framed by the legs of a pair of foals

Thanks to all, I really enjoy coming home to find postcards on the doormat.

08-18-2013, 03:37 AM
Mine finally in the post box.

08-18-2013, 06:17 AM
A small update:

I've printed replacement cards for those British Airways lost with my suitcase somewhere on the Luxembourg-London-San Francisco route.
It will be a lottery -- some of you in the USA will receive a colour card I originally intended to send. Some will get a B&W replacement.
I'll be travelling for the next ten days, so labelling + posting has to wait until the end of the month.


08-19-2013, 12:39 AM
I got the card form BoxBrownie, which shows a funny merry-go-round with tractor seats mouted. Thank you!

08-19-2013, 02:44 AM
Hi you all,
I received 8 postcards up until today for which I want to say thank you very much.
i'm having so much fun wirh this exchange, always looking forward to opening the mailbox just in case that there could be another card in it - I'm thoroughly enjoying this!

The cards I got so far are:

GWR Pannier Tank - by Ed Bray - I love the scenery and this forceful engine
Tree Monster - by blujeh2 - the monster simply popped out of the card, wonderful that you found this!
Winterdisteln - by Uwe Pilz - a really unusual card with this old paper, I like the emotion it gives, I think it supports the mood
Hedy's Vase - by bluejeh - a peaceful and very balanced still live with a beautiful vase
Chimpanzee with camera - by Steve Frizza - this one made me laugh and i appreciate the humour!
Shore - by Trond - a wondefully toned and very peaceful picture of a lake (I assume) - one of my favourite places to be!
alienis - by jimo - unusual atmosphere, really not sure if its pleasant or rather scary - 'I can hear someone reciting 'The Raven' - I simply love the comment given with teh card - I think this is going to become my new answer when asked about my pictures (I could give details but won't)
Merry-go-round - by BoxBrownie - I'm not sure that this Merry-go-round is for children, those tractor seats look quite big - the soft quality of the print enhances this (for me) a little sad mood.

Thank you all very much - I will be back for the next round and thank you George very warmly for doing this! :)

08-20-2013, 12:14 PM
Oh My and thank you.
I know you all warned me, I'm sure you did about retiring and available time.
My bad. I'm a slow learner.

Envelopes addressed and stamped then caught on the road with no way to print.

Miine should be out in 5 weeks. Very humble apologies.
Ill know to print first next time.



08-21-2013, 03:34 AM
Darwin's Reflection arrived today - had staff at the office guessing which way was up!

08-21-2013, 06:47 AM
20/30 - another 6 prints in the post box over the last 8 working days.

BoxBrownie - Merry-go-Round. I remember on of these in the 70's. Built by a local farmer and brought to the primary school on Fete day as a fund raiser.
ndrs - Hat on Lawn. My first colour post card this round. I really like the shades of green and the sharp blackness of the top hat.
megzdad81 - Morning Ride. Wonderfull image catching the streaks of morning light on the fog through the trees.
ozphoto - Stonehenge. How did you get a photo without a million other visitors there and a picture that is not including that horrible rope that encompassed the stones to keep the visitors out. I made several visits between 94 and 97 at all sorts of time of day and was not able to capture what you have here.
drpsilver - Reflection. Wonderfull image Darwin. A card that has drawn comment from everyone who has seen it here on the bench in the kitchen.
hbooks - Dog. If this is your first print ever, I wished I had the courage to enter a print exchange with my first prints ever. You have done a really fine job, and this can only be the start of a life time addiction to chemistry in a darkened room... :)

08-21-2013, 07:35 AM
ozphoto - Stonehenge. How did you get a photo without a million other visitors there and a picture that is not including that horrible rope that encompassed the stones to keep the visitors out. I made several visits between 94 and 97 at all sorts of time of day and was not able to capture what you have here.

I waited for a *very* long time and I don't remember a rope being present that day (1998) if I remember correctly, there was a very low wire which I'm actually shooting under - my mum was a saint: she was actually keeping watch for new appearances and letting me know if they were about to enter from the RHS; was later in the afternoon, and luckily all the big tours had finished up. The few stragglers that were there, are actually hidden behind the stones - one of the few times I haven't cursed slow walkers!!:cool:

08-21-2013, 05:12 PM
So I needed to wait another year. I left Europe in 97, should have stretched my time for just 12 months more.

08-22-2013, 12:28 PM
Well, I've been gone for 2 weeks and was pleasantly surprised that the only mail to have come in that time were all APUG postcards! The mailman had a good look at all of them before handing them over!

BoxBrownie's "Merry-go-round" is a nice contrast to ozphoto's "Stonehenge". The former has a melancholy feel to it, of days long past and probably forgotten. The latter has wonderful life to it, with the basic colours, clouds, and wide-angle view. I visited Stonehenge 6 years ago and did not get any shots that remotely resemble this (could be due to the cold, rainy, November day I was there though :))

Darwin's "Reflection" virtually wills you to hold it upside down (it seems more "right" for some reason), but I like it in both orientations. Similarly, Edcculus's jumble of vines has me searching for hidden treasures within.

Labcoat has caught a great moment in capturing people cooling down during the heat of summer -- makes me wish we had something like this in Japan! It hit 40 degrees Celsius today (in the shade) -- unfortunately cooling off in fountains or sprinklers just doesn't happen here.

Finally, I have to give props to Hayley Books' first print ever -- a lovely dog portrait, although I would admit to wishing the dog was a little lighter to stand out better against the background. But in all other respects it's a nice print!

And, keeping with the animal theme for a moment, I also have to admit I enjoyed Stephen Frizza's print of Mr. Jiggs. For some reason this card got missed in my earlier comments.

Thanks to one and all, and looking forward to the getting the final cards for this round!

08-24-2013, 04:52 AM
Oxleyroad's Steam arrived today - great story and I love shooting these types of subjects too.

Looking forward to more gracing the mailbox - the bills are getting boring! ;)

08-25-2013, 12:52 PM
rec'd from

hayley books, "a dog in...", excellent job for 1st print - i don't think you can go wrong with a dog as a subject. go to admit it takes courage or confidence to enter a print postcard exchange never having printed before - nice to see.
johannes, "...foals..." a spring time shot and unusually framed.
ed struble, "vines", intriguing
???, morning ride, an enjoyable print, done beautiful - nice light through the trees
jacco de kraker, "hillside", cyanotype... superb execution - someday i summon the courage to do one, this is truly inspiring!
boxbrownie, "merry-go-round", i somehow remember riding one of these - fond memory!
reflection, "drpsilver", love the tree!
mardan, "protrait", pensive - what's she thinking?
rachelle. "hae sai waterfalls" - very refreshing as i sit here on this hot summer day.

thanks to each of you.


08-26-2013, 01:52 AM
The next card: Steam form AndyC. I like the story behind the photo and the phot itself too.

Stephen Frizza
08-26-2013, 06:43 AM
I have received a few more that past 2 weeks which makes a nice change from the usual bills and boring political flyers (its election time here)

First up Bluejeh and Bluejeh2 ....two nice 5x7" the first being roses in a vase and the second a mosses on tree roots. Are the roses from your garden?

Second up is Oxleyroad close up of steam engine pistons. I am jealous because I love everything and anything steam and this sounds awesome! would love to see it running. thanks for the detailed explanation.

Third up DRPSILVER postcard titled 'Reflection" Beautiful card Love the reflected tree and how it is broken up by the reeds. Your dad would be proud of that image.

Fourth was from Hayley Books A cute dog in Port Aransas, you say this is your first print ever...Good work hopefully its followed by many many more! welcome to the world of printing.

Fifth card was by BoxBrownie I love the elements that are blending together in this the Buddha, yourself, the street with nice terraces. The lighting and contrast in this card is really pleasant as is the warm tone paper with selenium. Nice combo.

Next up is Ozphoto A nice colour card of Stone Henge. I hope to get here one day myself, In the mean time nice to see your image of it.

Last but not least I got a card from Edcculus Ivy growing up the side of a building, beautiful I wish more structures had Ivy growing on them here.

Has been really great to receive your cards and I look forward to the rest as they arrive. Many thanks everyone.

08-31-2013, 03:29 AM
31 Aug 2013

Thank you all for your kind words about the image I used on my postcard.

Since I lost my comments to the cards I had received two weeks ago:(, it is now time to try posting comments again:). Unfortunately they will be somewhat abbreviated. I will also do them in smaller pieces, and in no particular order.

The photo from labcoat effectively used a "tunnel" to focus the view on the subject of the image. Well done.
A nice piece of history is told with the photo from Oxleyroad. The engineer in my would like to see this engine run. It must be fascinating.
"Stonehenge" from Ozphoto is very nice. I really like how the clouds complement the stones. This image is wonderfully sharp. Make me want to visit again!
The merry-go-round photographed by BoxBrownie looks like it would be fun. There are a lot of stories to be told about this ride.

I am getting tired, it is 12:30 in the morning The next batch of comments may come in a couple of days.


08-31-2013, 05:40 PM
Looking forward to Round 30!

I'll be in it as soon as I see the sign up